Tuesday, December 05, 2006
A Scam Winner!
Got back from work today and get to receive a winning lottery ticket!
Yahoo!!!! Yeah right!
A letter originated from Spain with a beautiful "ESPANA - Correos" stamp pasted on the envelope was amongst the usual bills, bills and more bills. Yes, it is the beginning of the month where I have to part with my money for the services rendered.
The letter... with all its coloured-ink smudges and a "genuine" ink stamp and fresh signature of a Mr. Martins Javivi "President, Lottery Award Board," stated that I had won, brace yourselves... E$488,832.37!
Equivalent to S$1.4 million in a "La Primitiva Europea Milliones Lottery International Promotion Programme" held on 18 June 2006 with a website link called EuroMillones.
Woweee!!!! Sigh. Wish it was all true though...
The EuroMillones website I surfed has a section that warns people of fake letters and emails with samples of fake winning letters push technique pretty much a copy of what I have in my hand.
For one thing, I have never gambled before, much less entered an international sweepstakes-like lottery from a country I can barely point to on the world map. I am that bad with geography. I am even worst with money.
As I read the almost official-like letter with strong skepticism in the first place, I humoured myself by continuing to read it anyway. I could not help myself but imagined how I should divide my "winnings" as I read it to the end.
My parents' faces were the first that spontaneously flashed before me, then Wifey and then my siblings... then a thought for our orphanage charity organisations.
I just imagined of how the money could have help enrich their lives. They would be so thrilled to receive.
I smiled at myself for actually giving some thoughts and day-dreamed of the happy faces if it was all true. Sigh. Nice thought anyway.
You know what?! Even though it is an easily-spotted scam, it actually made me happy that I realized and reaffirmed to myself that I am honestly not a selfish person.
I treasure my loved ones and am compassionate about them. I cherish them; their happiness and well-being matter to me.
Every success... in this case, a fake winning unfortunately, would be great and most meaningful when shared with the ones you care and the ones that care about you.
I honestly believe this... no, not the scam, but the sharing of success bit.
Yeah, yeah, you probably think that it is easy to just say something so selfless like this since I did not actually win... and the S$1.4 million price money is not right under my nose to "feel the force, go to the dark side..."
I know me. I like me. I think I am not that bad a person. Money may buy happiness, but I take happiness as I earn it everyday.
Well... at least my son gets to keep this lovely stamp from Spain. Another piece to his collection of stamps, a hobby passed down from me to him when started in my high school days.
I am a winner after all!
Now... how the heck did they get my name and address all the way from Spain anyway?